Best Back Exercises For People With Back Pain

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As many as 80 percent of people in the U.S. will experience a back problem at some time in their lives, according to the American Chiropractic Association.

It is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office.

Exercises For People With Back Pain

"While there are numerous causes for back pain, one of the most common in my experience is muscle strain," Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC, from the Iris City Chiropractic Center, says. "Sometimes this is related to lifting things that are too heavy or lifting at the wrong angle, lifting too quickly, or lifting with poor body mechanics."

Whatever exercises you do, especially lifting, you have to remember to always keep you back straight, he adds. Dr. Hayden doesn't recommend back extensions. "When you think about it, extending the back beyond midline is not a natural position for the back. Back extensions are contraindicated for many acute conditions that cause back pain."

- Hristina Byrnes, The Active Times